Temple in Vintage Postcards

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Founded in 1881 by the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway Company, Temple, Texas became a railroad town overnight. The company purchased 181 acres and then auctioned off parcels to prospective buyers interested in providing services for railroad equipment and passengers. Though early on Temple had several unfortunate nicknames—"Mudville," "Tanglefoot," and "Ratsville"—it soon shed its image as a muddy, rat-infested land, became a major junction for four railway lines, and offered a land of opportunity for commerce. The railway would bring flattering new nicknames like "Progressive Temple" and "Prairie Queen" as well as a chance to be part of the American Dream.
ISBN: 9780738529394
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Michael LeFan is a lifelong resident of Temple, and his father was a local preacher for 40 years. A freelance writer, LeFan is also an avid postcard collector with a discriminating eye toward collecting only the best. Showcasing life in Temple in all its variety, the postcards featured in this volume pay tribute to a beloved hometown in the heart of Texas.
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